Boys hit break 8-4.
Perhaps it was the flu bug, or even the idea that Christmas vacation had officially started but Magazine and Hackett hooked up for senior high basketball games that exemplified lethargic.
The Lady Rattlers (5-9) lost their third straight, 37-25, but were in the game throughout, despite missing one starter with the flu, having another at home with a knee injury and the flu, and having two more battling the effects.
The boys game saw the Rattlers (8-4) lead the entire way but not really put it away until a late third quarter, early fourth quarter run.
Rattlers 51 Hackett 41
In just under five minutes Magazine opened a 10-0 lead to start the game but by the end of the quarter Hackett had cut it to 12-7.
Magazine got baskets from Max Greb and free throws from Matt Smith to push it back to 16-7 but the Hornets trimmed it to 16-13 at the 1:09 mark of the second quarter on a basket by Tyler Satterfield.
Hackett got no closer the rest of the way. A 3-point play by Smith, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, gave Magazine a 19-13 lead at the half.
Two Chase Gibson free throws with 6:08 left in the third quarter gave Magazine a 25-17 and Matt Smith and Randon Baumgartner, who had been saddled with foul problems, took the game over, combining to score the next 13 for their team and open a 38-22 lead, their biggest of the night.
Baumgartner scored eight points in a span of 2:54 in the fourth quarter — half of his 16 on the night — and Magazine was still up 15, 48-33 with 3:24 to go.
Hackett made a late charge including a 3-point play and a 3 point shot by Christian Woods, who scored 11 and the lead was only 49-41 with 17 seconds left on the last two of Brady Hester’s 10 points. Two Jesse Witt Free throws pushed it back to a 10 point game with 10.5 seconds to play.
Tanner Hamilton led Hackett with 15 points.
Magazine will face Arkoma, Okla., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Bill Frye Classic in Mansfield.
Hackett 37 Lady Rattlers 25
Considering Magazine did not have a field goal until the 2:50 mark of the second quarter, the fact that the Lady Rattlers were, at that point, down just 15-11 was surprising.
However, Hackett scored the final six points of the first half to open its first double digit lead at 21-11. Four of those points were by Audrie Chaney, who finished with 10.
Hannah Smith, one of the recent flu victims, made it 25-16 with 3:15 left in the third quarter but the Lady Rattlers were scoreless the rest of the quarter and Hackett stretched it to 29-16.
It was 33-18 after a Cassie Bell basket with 3:57 to go but Magazine scored the next seven, four by Kiara Vasquez, who scored 11 to lead Magazine, and a 3 by Kelsey Krigbaum, another flu victim.
Chaney scored on Hackett’s next possession and the Lady Hornets closed the game by scoring the final four points, the last two on free throws by Madison Bailey, who led all players with 15 points.
Magazine will face Waldron at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bill Frye Classic in Mansfield.